Breed Introduction: Bombay Cat
The Bombay cat is a type of short-haired cat developed by breeding sable Burmese and black American Shorthair cats. The breeding was done to produce a cat of mostly Burmese type, but with a sleek, panther-like black coat. This is a smart cat who loves to play and will thrive with a family who is willing to teach him tricks, play games with him and provide him with plenty of interactive toys. Bombay cats are often good at playing fetch, and some have learned to walk on leash.
The Bombay, named for the exotic port city of India, has no connection with the subcontinent but was created from crosses between sable Burmese and black American Shorthairs to resemble a black panther in miniature. Breeder Nikki Horner of Louisville, Kentucky, is credited with developing the Bombay, starting in the late 1950s. Her goal was a sleek, shiny black cat with a muscular body and friendly temperament.
The Cat Fanciers Association gave the Bombay full recognition in 1978. Today, the breed is recognized by all cat associations. To maintain their body type and coat texture, Bombay Cats a may be outcrossed to sable Burmese.
The Bombay typically weighs between 6 and 11 pounds.
The lively and affectionate Bombay loves people and is adaptable to many different environments and lifestyles. His calm nature makes him a good apartment dweller, and he is amenable to life with other pets, although he definitely wants to be top cat.
The Bombay’s short, sleek coat is easily cared for with a few strokes of the hand or at most weekly brushing or rubdown with a chamois to remove dead hair, distribute skin oil and polish the coat to its gleaming best.
Except for his dramatic black coat, the Bombay looks much like the Burmese, but with a few physical differences such as a larger, longer body and longer legs. He has a rounded head with medium-size ears set wide apart, eyes that range in color from gold to copper, and a straight, medium-length tail.
The outgoing Bombay is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. He lives peacefully with cats and dogs who respect his authority.